just wondering

Jacksonville, AR

#1 Aug 10, 2012
Whats up with the Cabot bmx park, and all the stuff in the leader? hope the city will get it straight, sounds like some shady business has been going on to me.
BMX Fan

Cabot, AR

#2 Aug 18, 2012
Sad situation really, the Basinger family put alot of time and effort into devoloping that track into what it is which is a really nice facility. Unfortunately from what the paper states they couldn't manage and maintain financial records to prove to the city where the money went that they were taking in well enough to satisfy the city. The city should be embarassed really allowing this kind of mismanagement of a city park and city funds. However, for the Basingers to "allude" to the allegations against Mrs.Stracener for their demise at the track is simply slander and assinine, complaints about the financial state of the track were waged long before these allegations came to light. I pray for the welfare of both the Basinger and Stracener families and wish them the best in whatever endevours they persue. If parks and rec. will market and manage the track correctly, it will continue to grow and be an asset to the community.
concerned citizen

Cabot, AR

#3 Aug 18, 2012
The problem was previous Mayor Eddie Joe Williams and Shawn Basinger. The two strong armed the parks commission into this fiasco. Larry Tarrant as Cabot Parks Director had his hands tied and could not put an end to the mess. I do not care for Mayor Cypert but must say on this matter that he finally saw through the BS and looked at the financials. I think a State Police investigation should be requested to look at all aspects of this case because it wreaks of fraud and corruption.
BMX Fan

Cabot, AR

#4 Aug 18, 2012
Whatever the case may be, lets hope parks and rec. can make a good go of it. I've been to many tracks in adjoining states and Cabot really has something to be proud of. Generally speaking bmx tracks aren't huge money makers but when the city is footing the bill for the major expenses i.e. power, water, bleachers, pavement, etc. it seems the track should at least be a little profitable from rider entry fees, gate "event" fees and concessions alone. And yes props are in order for Mayor Cypert for doing the right thing, when adequate financial records could not be produced.
concerned citizen

Cabot, AR

#5 Aug 18, 2012
I agree and wish them the best. I hope they can make it work
BMX Fan wrote:
Whatever the case may be, lets hope parks and rec. can make a good go of it. I've been to many tracks in adjoining states and Cabot really has something to be proud of. Generally speaking bmx tracks aren't huge money makers but when the city is footing the bill for the major expenses i.e. power, water, bleachers, pavement, etc. it seems the track should at least be a little profitable from rider entry fees, gate "event" fees and concessions alone. And yes props are in order for Mayor Cypert for doing the right thing, when adequate financial records could not be produced.
Wondering

Euless, TX

#6 Aug 18, 2012
I do hope the park does well with new management. Mayor Cypert in my opinion is a good man and very business oriented. The original deal with the track was kinda unclear. Regardless of whatever went on with the parents and kids of the volunteers and the Basingers, it still should be handled like a business! Never dealt with Basingers on a business level, but from what I have heard and been told about the business practices of the Bike shop they run, brings a lot of doubt in their ability to do the right thing! Strictly my opinion, but usually when theres smoke there's fire
BMX Fan

Cabot, AR

#7 Aug 18, 2012
Wondering wrote:
I do hope the park does well with new management. Mayor Cypert in my opinion is a good man and very business oriented. The original deal with the track was kinda unclear. Regardless of whatever went on with the parents and kids of the volunteers and the Basingers, it still should be handled like a business! Never dealt with Basingers on a business level, but from what I have heard and been told about the business practices of the Bike shop they run, brings a lot of doubt in their ability to do the right thing! Strictly my opinion, but usually when theres smoke there's fire
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I agree the track should be run as a business and with most businesses one person should not have control over all of the financial decisions of the business. Many tracks will have a parent organization set up much like a board of directors of a business with a secretary,treasurer, etc, to roundtable decisions for the track in its best interest and be able to be held financialy accontable and share the responsibility of record keeping. Of course these organizations are volunteer based but there seems to be a strong volunteer base at the Cabot track so that shouldnt be to hard to come up with. Just a suggestion.
danielP

Cabot, AR

#8 Jan 21, 2015
They should have one day a week for r.c. car racing. It would be a great way to make money for the park. They could make it electric vehicles only that way they wouldn't have to worry about gas or oil on the track. The cars wouldn't damage the track and there is a need for a nice track in central Arkansas. The average entry fee per class is 15 dollars and you could be looking at potentially 30-60 drivers per class per week. At 30 driver per class and 15 bucks a piece that's well over a thousand dollars a week in revenue. Plus you would gain an extensive amount of vokunteers for track management. As well as corporate sponsors with a strong possibility for professional events
In the know

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Jan 26, 2015
danielP wrote:
They should have one day a week for r.c. car racing. It would be a great way to make money for the park. They could make it electric vehicles only that way they wouldn't have to worry about gas or oil on the track. The cars wouldn't damage the track and there is a need for a nice track in central Arkansas. The average entry fee per class is 15 dollars and you could be looking at potentially 30-60 drivers per class per week. At 30 driver per class and 15 bucks a piece that's well over a thousand dollars a week in revenue. Plus you would gain an extensive amount of vokunteers for track management. As well as corporate sponsors with a strong possibility for professional events
Take this to a city meeting or contact the BMX park itself (they have a FB page).
Word

United States

#10 Jan 26, 2015
In the know wrote:
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Take this to a city meeting or contact the BMX park itself (they have a FB page).
Great idea

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